Fresh on the heels of the v20 firmware update for the N86, the Ovi Store client has also been updated for the N86. The version number of the latest update of the client available for download is 1.05(315). You can download the Ovi Store client for your N86 by visiting this link from your phone – Download Ovi Store client.
If you were a S60 user since the S60v1 & v2 times, chances are you are already aware of a software called FExplorer. It was the swiss knife for your S60 phones. But the software was lost in transition with the platform & security changes introduced by S60v3. Although Dominique released a few betas for S60v3, It never really took off.
That was when SBSH came in. SBSH, along with Dominique, started working on a new, modular version of FExplorer with support for Tools & Utilities.
We are giving away 5 licenses of FExplorer Pro. Read the full story for the details on how to enter the give away.
Another major services announcement at the Nokia World today was the launch of the Ovi Maps Beta for S60v5 (Touch Phones) at the Nokia Betalabs. This new beta brings with it a new starting screen giving you one touch access to a variety of new content and services from within Ovi Maps.
Basically, What all is new in this release is :
Weather – Get real-time weather information including a 5 day forecast for your current or any location found with the help of the Find places functionality.
Michelin and Lonely Planet – Get dynamic access to premium editorial travel content for over 1000 destinations. Find thousands of listings for sights, restaurants, hotels, shops, nightlife, and more. Look these places up on the map, and get there with pedestrian and car navigation.
Events – Check out the events on the map around your location or other places you have found with the help of the Find places functionality.
Read on for more details, the introduction video & screenshots along with the download link.
As we have already mentioned, Ovi Store includes an “Audio & Video” section with sub categories for Audio, Video & Podcasts. Although the number of item in this section is not large, I found an interesting item under the Podcasts category.
Titled “French I – 1st lesson”, This Podcast by GoSpoken is the Part 1 of the 5 Part Pimsleur Language Course for French language. Part 1 has been provided free of cost for Nokia phone users at the Ovi Store.
Smartphoneware has been one of the few developers striving to make their applications available from the Ovi Store ever since the store was launched. Today, 6 more of their “Best” applications went live on the store, bringing their tally to 25 applications!
The following softwares were released at the store today, in addition to the ones already available from the store here.
1. Best Taskman
“Running applications and tasks control, ability to substitute built-in system task manager or work along with it, ‘Windows Alt-Tab’ style task switcher, a unique way to access favorite applications (Quickstart), running processes control, and many more advanced functions to explore. Unlike built-in task switcher it tells you what programs exactly are running on your smartphone, where these programs reside, memory they consume and capabilities they use.“
2. Best Jotter
“Best Jotter allows you to write down quick notes, memos, ideas and any piece of information, organize it, and easily find at any time. You can keep your sensitive information as notes as well. Just set up a password in the application and Jotter will encrypt all your data. Additionally it’s possible to export notes to a text file that you can transfer to PC. The format of this file is very simple and you can edit the file in any text editor or Excel, transfer it back and import to Jotter.”
If you travel frequently and are looking for an intuitive and simple application to keep track of your expenses, you’ll probably find the Best Expense handy.
Best Expense is a paid application and can be downloaded from the Ovi store for $1.99. The current version 1.01 is 0.133MB and is available for s60 3rd and 5th edition devices in English and Russian language. There is no requirement for account registration.
Blackboard for Nokia 5800 is a simple drawing application simulating a blackboard. The application can be downloaded for free from the Ovi store.
This is a very simple app. There are four touch control buttons: info, chalk, sponge and exit. Chalk is used for drawing and sponge for erasing. Sponge leaves wet trails simulating reality.
Actual drawing is done overlaying partially transparent PNG image on top of the background graphic. The erase functionality works just like erasing a blackboard in real life and does not clean neatly and leaves behind a mark. The information key is just rather a small box with the current version and company name.
Blackboard for Nokia 5800 was developed by a Finish based Offscreen Technologies. The company has developed an end to end, integrated development environment for Symbian S60 3rd and 5th edition GUI application developments called Origo IDE. This unique empowers developers to quickly write codes in UI based environment compared to those created with C++.
Using such technology, Offscreen has been able to develop several high quality touch applications for S60 devices. Blackboard for Nokia 5800 is a simple app that many could find it handy for quick note taking and fun drawing projects.
One of my favorite apps in the OVI store has to be the Searchme app. I’ve had it on my 5800 for the past couple days and I must admit it is a great app to have.
Searchme is a VC funded visual search engine, designed from the ground up to provide the user with a better search experience. Since its launch less than a year ago, Searchme has gained favor with web searchers and has more than 4 million monthly users now, growing more than 180 percent since January 2009.
In a short amount of time that I’ve had this app, I’ve found it to be extremely useful and the UI interface is just slick. The key to this app is the way it streamlines the search into categories. As you start typing, visual categories (web pages, videos, music and products) that relate to your query appear on the results page, making it easy to search and provides an immediate access to results. Searchme runs as a native Symbian application rather than in a slow-rendering web browser so it’s a relatively a quick and fast app (with some minor hiccups here and there).
Some of the other key features of the app are: